Preschool St. Patrick’s Day Activities

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Preschool St. Patrick’s Day activities can be simple, fun, and full of hands-on exploration! Here are some of the St. Patrick’s Day activities that we do in our preschool classroom…

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

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1. Marble Painting

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
We love marble painting throughout the year! Such a good activity to develop those fine motor muscles and hand-eye coordination. For St. Patrick’s Day, place a shamrock-shaped piece of paper on a tray with tall sides (we use old box lids).  Place some marbles into a dish of green paint and have the children spoon the painted marbles onto the paper. Pick up the tray or box lid and gently move it back and forth. The painted marbles will leave tracks all over the paper! For more ideas on marble painting, go here. For toddlers, you can try larger balls, as shown here

2. Painting with Brayers

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
We love using brayers because they work the entire arm. Our younger preschoolers especially enjoy them. Make some shamrock outlines on a large piece of paper. This allows for big painting! You can see more about how we use brayers here
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
And, of course, the hands often get involved. Our toddlers especially love to drop the brushes and utensils and get the hands involved. A true sensory delight!

3. Play Dough

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
Play dough is part of our centers time every day. We change the color and materials depending on the season or theme. The recipe for our favorite play dough is here
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
For St. Patrick’s Day, we color our play dough green and added miscellaneous green items. 
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
By the way, we get a lot of our seasonal goodies, such as the shamrock picks in the above picture, on the clearance rack after the holiday is over. We have bags for each of our themes and we place them in there so we know where they are the next year. We teachers must be thrifty!

4. Collages

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
We love group collages because they encourage the preschoolers to work together. Just place a large piece of paper on a table with trays of glue and materials and let them have fun!
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
You can find more collage ideas here and also here.  
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

5. Drip Painting

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
We bought our first set of pipettes 13 years ago when I went to a wonderful presentation by Bev Bos. That same set has been used a gazillion times and still going strong. We love them and use them in so many ways! Drip painting on mini-easels is a lot of fun, and something I first tried here. They can also be used on large easels as well, as we did here. For St. Patrick’s Day, thin down some green tempera paint, or use green watercolors, and let them drip onto a shamrock!

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
6. Spin Art
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
Another favorite that we do for every season! This involves a salad spinner, squeeze bottles filled with tempera paint (thinned with water), and whatever shape paper you want to place into the spinner. Place the paper inside the spinner, squeeze the paint onto it, put the top on the spinner and make the paint spin! Toddlers and preschoolers will want to do this over and over again, I promise! You can see how we enjoyed this process here.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!
When finished, we placed the shamrock into a box lid and shook glitter on it!
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Simple and fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers for St. Patrick's Day!

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day ideas?


Sticky Wall Rainbow (Mama. Poppa. Bubba.)

Leprechaun Songs (Let’s Play Music)

Rainbow Foam Dough (Fun at Home with Kids)

Make sure to follow my St. Patrick’s Day board!


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  1. Thanks so much for including our Leprechaun Songs Sheryl! Love the spin art idea – so much fun!!

  2. Wow, those are messy activities! I would love to see more teachers like you in my area! I thought I was a crazy mommy that lets my kids paint at 6-8mths! Thanks so much for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop!

  3. Marble painting looks wonderfully fun and messy!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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